Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has said the department is planning a new initiative to bring together federal and state prosecutors in combating financial fraud and white-collar crime. A key player in that effort will be Gary Grindler, who served under Attorney General Holder when he was the department’s No. 2 during the Clinton administration.
Grindler joined the Criminal Division as a deputy assistant attorney general late last Month. He's been tasked with oversight of division’s Fraud Section, Appellate Section, Capital Case Unit, and Gang Unit -- which also handles gun-related issues.
Grindler left the department in 2000 and spent the past nine years at King & Spalding, focusing primarily on government investigations and white-collar defense. He says he was eager to climb aboard “an historical administration during an historic time for the Department of Justice.”
Gindler began work on March 23. He is one of two political deputies in the division. (The department is still casting around for a second.) The division’s principal deputy slot currently belongs to Rita Glavin, who is pulling double duty as acting head of the division pending the nomination of Covington & Burling’s Lanny Breuer. The Senate is expected to vote on Breuer’s nomination on Monday (and on the nominations of Morrison & Foerster’s Tony West to head the Civil Division and Hogan & Hartson’s Christine Varney to head the Antitrust Division).
Before Grindler became Holder’s principal deputy late in the Clinton administration, he was counselor to Attorney General Janet Reno and a deputy in the Civil Division, where he supervised the Office of Immigration Litigation and then the Federal Programs Branch.